BRIGHTON PLANTATION — Voters at the annual Town Meeting on Saturday will be asked to send a message to Congress to stop spending money on war. Residents also will be asked to consider their options in remaining with the local school district, as neighboring Athens did earlier this month.

The meeting is 10 a.m. at the Town Office in the village center.

The resolution to be sent to Maine’s Congressional delegation in Washington D.C. will ask lawmakers “to end the spending of taxpayers’ dollars for excessive and unaffordable warfare.”

First Selectman Joanne Goodridge said the resolution was drafted by resident Michael Vernon.

“I think people will pass it,” Goodridge said Wednesday. “Everybody’s fed up with the way the economy is.”

Vernon could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Voters also will be asked to examine the town’s relationship with Madison-based School Administrative District 59.

Residents of Athens agreed to form a committee to study a similar issue at their Town Meeting this month. They said their committee will concentrate on maintaining the existing pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade Athens Elementary School, not on withdrawing from the district.

Children from Brighton Plantation attend the Athens school.

In money matters on Saturday, Goodridge said the municipal budget of $104,282 approved at last year’s Town Meeting might be up slightly if all of the articles are passed Saturday as written.

Big ticket items on the warrant include $26,000 for administrative expenses, $15,000 for summer road work, $57,000 for winter road work and $15,650 from state Department of Transportation funding for the Winding Hill and paving account.

Goodridge also noted that this will be her final year to run for the position of first selectman, a post she has held for more than 20 years.

“I’m hoping younger people will step forward to take over,” Goodridge, 64, said.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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